Bible In One Year-Day 116 (Saturday, April 26, 2014)
Commentary: 2Sam7-9. The Love David had for God rewarded him, 2 Samuel 7:1 “And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies;” It is a lesson for us to make sure that we please God in all our doings. In our last discussion, we talked about doing good in the flesh and in the Spirit; the only thing acceptable to God is that of the Spirit. If it is not of the spirit, then it is not true, as far as God is concerned. This was how David pleased the Lord. He never forsook asking for God’s mind before doing anything tangible; especially that which has to do with the Israelites. God therefore took delight in him and gave him peace, Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways pleases the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” There is only one way to please the Lord and that is to walk in the Spirit. To walk in the flesh is never God’s pleasure. 2Sam7:1 says David had rest from his enemies, this made him to desire to build a house for the Lord’s ark, which is a good thing, but God did not approve it, 2 Samuel 7:2-3 “That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains. And Nathan said to the king, Go, do all that is in thine heart; for the LORD is with thee.” The lesson in this is that, both David and Prophet Nathan walked in the flesh to please the Lord. Perhaps the prophet had just finished eating a good food on the king’s table and he told David to do all that was on his heart. Good food could make one to dream living in wealth only to wake up and realize that it was just a dream. What such dream is saying is that you need to work harder. The prophet prophesied in the flesh, that night God visited him and sent him back to David to correct the error he left behind, 2 Samuel 7:5 “Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, …” David would have lived in error, he would have worked in vain. If God loves you and takes delight in you, He would always preserve and correct you. Many are doing God’s work now without God in it. When David heard what the Lord said through the prophet, he was still very happy. David appreciated God’s promise even when it did not go well with his heart desire. He still regarded it as better than his own wish. This is how Christians should live. It is not about our will, but His will. To please the Lord, we must walk in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray according to the will of God;
Romans 8:26-28 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” All things worked together for good for David because he weighed God’s mind more than his own desire. David’s love for God was unmatched as we could see that he dedicated all the spoils from subduing the nations around him to God (chapter8:11). A genuine tither will always win. I said genuine because not all tithers are genuine. Tithing because you fear and love God is a genuine one, while tithing because you want a problem to go is not genuine. If you fear God, you will give Him what belongs to Him. David had the spirit of leadership, a good sense of administration and of a large heart. He thought of showing the kindness of God to the house of Saul, the enemy that never gave him rest and made life so difficult for him. Mephibosheth was Saul’s grandson who was injured while fleeing with his nurse at age 5 (2Sam4:4). The enemy did havoc in his life and left a lifetime mark on him. He became lame from that injury. A prince, but because of his predicament, he was living with Saul’s servant as an ordinary person. This is one of the messages of the preacher, Ecclesiastes 10:7 “I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.” This is the situation of many children of the King of kings. Because of their spiritual lameness, they are living as servants. I pray that power will change hands to the hands of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus. The book of remembrance was opened and the name of Mephibosheth was read out (chapter9), his story changed to the glory of God. Whatever the enemy must have done to you in the past, your story can still change. Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy and reversed satanic arrangement; he made the lame to walk and the blind to see. His Spirit is still doing that today. That book of remembrance that favored Mephibosheth shall be opened in your favor in the name of Jesus. Do not give up, just keep the fire of prayer burning and alive with thanksgiving in your heart and it shall soon be over to the glory of God; Jeremiah 32:27 “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” Our reading for today is 2Sam10-12. REJOICE AND BE GLAD!!!